- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

KENNER, La. (AP) - The Kenner City Council has voted to approve raises of more than 53 percent for the city’s mayor and police chief that will take effect in 2018.

The New Orleans Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1OCf7dq) the council also voted Thursday night to give the Police Department $1.67 million of the almost $7 million Kenner pocketed by settling a lawsuit it filed against BP over damages following the 2010 oil spill.

Councilman Keith Conley introduced the measures to increase the mayor’s annual salary from $72,500 to $111,129 and the police chief’s from $68,500 to $105,280.

Conley said the salaries hadn’t been adjusted since 1997.

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